Laser Hair Removal for Dark Skin with YAG Laser


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Laser hair removal for dark skin is very tricky. You really have to have the right laser for the darker skin types. Dark skin does however respond to laser treatment very effectively. The results are incredible.

To do laser hair removal is very simple but you still want to have experienced practitioners doing the treatment. On lighter skin you can use lasers like diode and Alexandrite lasers that are very effective for laser hair removal. You also want to have good clinical judgement so that you don’t cause temporary hyper-pigmentation or temporary pigmentation on the skin.

There is always concern with darker skin patients in regards to hyper-pigmentation but if you are using the right lasers, such as the YAG laser, then you don’t have to worry about it. You can get good results. Because you are using the right laser hair removal equipment for the right skin type. That’s the important thing. YAG laser is the perfect laser for dark skin hair removal because it is color blind. The results of laser hair removal with the YAG laser are excellent. It doesn’t see the skin tone. You can be light skin or dark skin and the YAG laser doesn’t care. It only sees the root of the hair. The hair follicle. So that is where the heat is concentrated to destroy the hair follicle. So that the hair doesn’t grow back. It doesn’t care what color skin you have on the surface. Because it goes deep into the dermal layer it can destroy the hair follicle in that layer of the skin. So there is less chance of causing any pigmentation. The YAG laser is the best laser for skin type 3, 4 and 5. Those darker skin types are the very tricky ones to deal with.

You just need to be sure that patient has good numbing because it does hurt a little bit more treating darker skin than treating lighter skin patients. Right now we are doing lidocaine. It helps with numbing before we go in for the laser hair removal.

The amazing part about laser hair removal with the YAG laser is that especially on areas like underarms, bikini, legs usually about five laser treatments, maybe 7 if you are hairy, to get rid of 95% percent of your hair permanently. Occasionally your body will generate a few new hairs here and there so once a year you may have to come in for a maintenance hair removal treatment.

People say Wow it’s a luxury to get laser hair removal. To me, as a women, I think it’s a necessity. Every morning to not have to shave my underarms, bikini, my legs, it saves me so much time in the shower so I love it that I don’t have to shave. It’s been 17 years since the last time I’ve shaved anywhere.

A lot of people actually have problems with ingrown hairs and need to have them removed. Hair follicle folliculitis we call them. Or who have curly hair ingrowing into their skin causing acne like lesions that are very painful. Ingrown hair removal is very common. Patients will often have razor burn issues causing their skin to have bad rashes from the razors. So, laser hair removal or ingrown hair removal definitely is not a luxury but a necessity. Laser hair removal on darker skin patients or patients with curly hair, it’s a life changing experience for them to have those ingrown hairs removed and not to have to deal with acne or folliculitis and scarring that is left from the growth of the ingrown hairs.

If your hair is hormonally stimulated especially on the lip or chin area on women. Those areas sometimes take many more maintenance laser hair removal treatments because even after all 5 to 7 treatments with the laser you will still have hair coming in. Facial hair is probably the toughest hair to treat. The hair tends to grow back due to internal hormonal changes.

Her laser hair removal technique was absolutely amazing. I love the YAG laser. She would do the cold run. Know when to go, start, stop. Honestly she was really sensitive to my needs and the sensitivity of my own skin so I’m really happy.

AMA Regenerative Medicine & Skincare
Alice Pien, MD
Asher Milgrom, PhD

Irvine / Newport Beach
2302 Martin St. Suite 400
Irvine, CA 92612

Beverly Hills / Los Angeles
6310 San Vicente Blvd. Suite 285
Los Angeles, CA 90048





21 replies
  1. V L
    V L says:

    I have PCOS and dark skin and I’m terrified of paradoxical hypertrichosis from lasers. I read that women with PCOS should avoid doing laser in parts of the body that are very androgen sensitive, like the face.

  2. ru ra
    ru ra says:

    Hello docter I have some questions!! I want to know that is there any side effect of laser hair removal.. like some skin desease?? And is this 100% permanent?

  3. T B
    T B says:

    What wavelength is this laser, power and pulse frequency? If you do not mind. And also, what type of gel is being put on the skin of the patient?

  4. Makayla Moore
    Makayla Moore says:

    May I ask if there is a list of dermatologists in the U.S. that use the YAG laser? Thank you for the informative video! Glad I saw this before getting any hair removal sessions.

  5. Veronica Martinez
    Veronica Martinez says:

    i wish i would have seen this before. last week i went in for my first laser treatment on my upper lip and they burned me. i'm pretty dark and i went to a place that caters to armenians – i should've known. now i'm scared to go back and get the rest of my treatment because i don't want to deal with the burns again.

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